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Grateful Dead Live at Fillmore West on 1969-06-08

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Grateful Dead Live at Fillmore West on 1969-06-08




Set 1

Dancing In The Streets > He Was A Friend Of Mine > China Cat Sunflower > Jam > New Potato Caboose, Me And My Uncle

Set 2

Turn On Your Love Light*, The Things I Used To Do^, Who's Lovin' You Tonight^, Cryptical Envelopment > Drums > The Other One > Cosmic Charlie

*Wayne "The Harp" Ceballos- vocals, Elvin Bishop- guitar; ^Bishop- vocals, guitar. deadlist com notes "No sign of Garcia in the second set before Cryptical."; Other artists on bill: Jr. Walker & The All Stars, The Glass Family


Collection GratefulDead
Band/Artist Grateful Dead
Venue Fillmore West
Location San Francisco, CA

Source SBD -> Master Reel -> Dat
Lineage Dat -> Samplitude Professional v11.03 -> FLAC
Transferred by Charlie Miller

Notes

Notes:
-- * with Wayne Ceballos (vocals)/without Pigpen
-- ** with Elvin Bishop (guitar and vocals)/without Garcia

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Reviews

Reviewer: tanman82 - favoritefavoritefavorite - November 3, 2015
Subject: dosed !!!
this is the show that Phil writes about being dosed. Evidently Garcia as well which explains why he sat out for a bit. I think McNally (Dennis) can tell this story(second hand as he wasnt there i dont think he came to the scene later). probably heard this from jerry himself as McNally 'interviewed' Jerry extensively. but this is conjecture on my part knowing about all the 'interviews' he did with Jerome.
Reviewer: njpg - favoritefavoritefavorite - April 25, 2015
Subject: -
I've been noticing a fumbling around in the shows from this few weeks, and also a certain twangy element. Had Garcia already switched to a Strat by now? It sounds like he doesn't know his guitar like he used to.
Reviewer: DMT - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - January 8, 2015
Subject: 1 gram
in the apple juice.
enough for 10,000 people
Reviewer: Chris U. - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - September 2, 2014
Subject: I Woke Up This Morning and Found My Review Dead
Sometimes it pays to revisit these old gonzo shows after many years. I make a habit of checking out the recently reviewed stuff, especially these older shows, if I don't recall them immediately. Somehow this monster had fallen out of my memory banks. I'll try not to let that happen again.

I actually reviewed this show six years back, in positively terms for sure, but not with the worshipful respect it deserves.

In particular, I slagged on the Dancin' and I've no idea why (I might even have been at the office listening on my lunch break -- not ideal for appreciating this sort of thing). This Dancin' is one of the great ones and has way more in common with my benchmark version (Kresge Plaza 5-6-70) than differences (the Kresge has a mix that's a tad kinder to Phil and Bobby than this one -- but this is still a great mix!). The band hits some incredible and unique peaks (including one where Phil plays some chords that I doubt were recorded before or after in this context). Then, with very little ado, back into the vocals.

The "return" vocal line where they sing "Ooooh sweeet music" in three part "harmony" are often a point of hilarity or despair depending on your viewpoint. They make it to third base, sliding, in this version.

Jerry's voice creaks like some stoned hillbilly later in the Dancin' outro and I think that sets up his amazing performance in the next number.

This is a favorite version of Friend of Mine, at least as great as the Hollywood Florida version from a couple weeks earlier, and very different in mood. It's still the same wistful song with the relatively gentle groove but this version lives in a special sector of its own ... super groovy, Jerry's amazing vocals and the sweet harmonies provided by Bob and Phil. And then ... at the beginning of the guitar solo, after the chorus, Garcia hits his volume knob to coax that faraway weeping sound out of his SG. That's when the floor dissolves.

A raging and primitive China Cat follows. Like no other, really. As great as the original versions (the evergreen outtakes from Aoxomoxoa).

And who ever would have guessed that the last New Potato Caboose ever played would be one of the best? The vocals delivered with deep feeling (again!). Phil blazing his crazy bass guitar tone around the merry-go-round. Around 8:00 in begins one of the greatest Garcia-powered excursions into the heart of music that was ever recorded. This is a solid 3:30 of ever-blossoming beauty that peaks like a mother. We're talking all crystal, no cracks. Not a speck of cereal. The train is moving 200 miles per hour and the engine driver is laying down the tracks without missing a board.

Whoever is playing guitar in Lovelight sure does sound like Jerry, although the soloing is kept to a minimum. Could be he's just playing a guitar similar to Jerry's through the same system. Phil and Bobby are there for sure and Pig shows up for some vocals. These three tracks are some of the best curveballs in the Archive, I think. Certainly more bang for the buck than Grace at Winterland in October 1972 (but not as good as Janis with the whole band).

The Other One seems restrained by comparison to what went before. Much of the time the energy is more like what'd you'd expect to hear in the jaunty "in between" moments of a Dark Star from this era.

The Cosmic Charlie is sung and played with verve, just as you'd expect after hearing the phenomenal vocals in the first set. Dig the lengthy recording of the audience begging for more. Those Frisco freaks were lucky: all they had to do was read the entertainment section of their local paper and they could get more ... a lot more!
Reviewer: doug_the_dude - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - August 31, 2014
Subject: --
Obviously an unusual show; I know there's some date confusion on exactly which night Phil was talking about in his book, but I think it's this one, given how he described them bringing out Elvin later on and he and Jer exchanging knowing looks while Elvin, blissfully unaware of the fuzzy tennis balls and rainbows, etc., yelled out the blues.

If Phil was indeed as dosed as he claims (100 MILLIGRAMS?!?!?), saying he didn't understand what music was, or what his instrument was for, Mickey literally dragging him onto his own feet so he could go out there and try and make sense of the madness...you'd never really know any of this by the music - it sounds as competent as it ever has. For a guy claiming to have lost all rational comprehension of music due to an overwhelming psychic ecstasy, Phil certainly hones in on some raw instinct. Just check that New Potato....
Reviewer: Go Faster, Get Rounder - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 13, 2014
Subject: Help -- I'm Caught
I just keep playing the first 4 songs over and over.
They are all just stunning versions of each song. The Dancing is really great--totally energized and great jamming. Then a bit of a pace change, but the He Was a Friend of Mine is exquisite. The China Cat --> New Potato Caboose has to be heard to be believed. Damn it seems like they should have kept New Potato Caboose -- just an exquisite tone to it, incredible jam vehicle and the jam toward the end seems to invite a bunch of transitions.

This is just some fantastic stuff, what a show and what a recording.

Thank you Charlie.
Reviewer: jjf47 - favoritefavoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - June 8, 2013
Subject: The Stars were OUT that Night
Really don't know what Pig Street ! is talking about. Guess we all have our own point of view.

I remember Aum and Wayne Ceballos. I used to see them a lot back in those days at the Avalon and Fillmore - had their first couple of albums. The same with Elvin Bishop, especially when he played with the Paul Butterfield Blues Band.

Yeah, I'll agree he's no Pigpen, but so what. In his own right, his vocals on Love Light is right on. The only flaw I noticed is that when Bobby comes in, Wayne sounds way, way in the background like his mic was turned down low. Other than that it sounds like a classic jam from great bands getting together and putting out music, which is what they used to do back in those days, whether it was with the Airplane or Big Brother or Quicksilver or whoever.

Maybe you had to be there to know what I'm talking about. I wasn't at this particular show on this particular night, but I was at other ones back in those days, and to me and others who were present at those shows it was a great night at the Fillmore or Family Dog.

Why Jerry didn't play with Wayne or Elvin on the songs they were on is anybody's guess, but to say that those songs lacked magic because he didn't or because Pig didn't is really not to know what the community of spirit was about back in those days. It was like being in one, big family back then - the more the merrier.

When I hear stuff like this, or read reviews like the one below, it just makes me long for those lost days even more, because it makes me realize how lost those days are now even though we still have the concert and the music.

It's just not the same. The vibes are there - but the feeling no longer exists.

Hopfeully one of these days they can be recaptured.

Peace
Reviewer: Pig Street ! - favoritefavoritefavoritefavorite - March 5, 2013
Subject: Fav First set better
This is why I love this site. Shows that have been collected over the years through trading, then downloading, blogs, forums etc....are getting the facelift by the generous tech heads through transferring, BERTHA and such.
I'm ecstatic to hear the favorite first set of the gooing Psychedelic years surface. Read Phil's book about the hallucinations Phil was having observing Garcia play during this set.
I favor the 60's version of Dancin' over the disco years, this one flows wonderfully into He Was A Friend of Mine>China Cat that leaves me breathless anticipating one of the last (I believe)performances of > New Potato Caboose!!!! Drippy to say the least. MAMU, weird place for it but it could be that was all that could put out for the moment.

The ironic thing about this show is that 2/3rds of the second set suck out loud due to Wayne C. vocals on Lovelight, enough has been written before about this train wreck.

Jer returns for TOO>Cosmic to bring some sort of closure front this weird second set. Thanks for more for the Grate years for the Band!
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